ABC’s ‘Wipeout’ to Kicks Off its ‘Road Trip’ at Walt Disney World May 10-11

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ABC’s wild and wacky obstacle-filled game show Wipeout is set to begin its second season on television May 27 and it’s not coming quietly.

The show will be taking its act on the road and its first stop is Walt Disney World. On both May 10 & 11 between 1pm – 8pm, guests will be invited to join the show at Downtown Disney’s West Side between DisneyQuest, Cirque du Soleil and the House of Blues where they will be able to participate in two different stunts taken directly from the hit show.

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Hanes Comfort Crew Offers ‘Tweet-up’ at Design-A-Tee May 1

On May 1, from 9:30 am to 10:30 am, join Hanes and the team of Hanes Comfort Crew bloggers at the new Design-A-Tee shop in Downtown Disney’s Marketplace. Surprise giveaways are being offered (while supplies last).

For more information,  visit the tweet-up page or follow @hanescomfort on Twitter.

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Characters in Flight at Downtown Disney Balloon Inflation (Video)

In honor of the grand opening of Aerophile’s Characters in Flight at Downtown Disney today, we are pleased to take you ‘backstage’ for a glimpse of the setup and inflation of the balloon through time-lapse photography. Please enjoy. Thanks to Disney for the footage.

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A Video Tour of Downtown Disney’s Tren-D

Mark Perrotta, director of Product Development and Design for Walt Disney World, gives a tour of Downtown Disney’s newest shopping experience — Tren-D. Tren-D is a stylish boutique with designer flair for those fashion-conscious shoppers seeking trendy apparel and fun accessories. Designers such as Kidada Jones, Tarina Tarantino and Judith Jack showcase their artistry – blending it with Disney-inspired creations.

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Characters In Flight Grand Opening Ceremony to Take Place April 21

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PARIS, Apr 17, 2009 — TUESDAY, April 21st at 9:00am (EST), Aerophile will celebrate its newest venture as the Characters in Flight Operated by Aerophile balloon in Downtown Disney enjoys its grand opening!

Jerome Giacomoni, president and co-founder of Aerophile, along with the balloon’s ground crew and pilot cordially invite you to attend the official inauguration of Characters in Flight Operated by Aerophile.

Come witness, cameras in hand, this breathtaking moment at Downtown Disney’s West Side!

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Five Reasons I Absolutely, Positively Won’t be Riding Characters in Flight (Maybe)

As photos and video of experiences on Downtown Disney’s newest venture emerge onto the interwebs, I started to see a sharp decline in my own personal enthusiasm for being able to experience the 400 foot flight on a tethered balloon myself. I kid you not, I was very excited at the proposition – initially. Despite the $16 price tag, I was all set to ride this thing 10x minimum: sunrise, sunset and everything in-between. What could possibly have changed my mind, you ask? Let me count the ways. (more…)

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Downtown Disney’s ‘Characters in Flight’ Scheduled for Soft Opening Friday, April 10

Characters In FlightThe fun soars to new heights at Downtown Disney West Side with an iconic new tethered balloon that takes guests on ascents of up to 400 feet above the waterfront.

Characters In Flight operated by Aerophile is a 72-foot-diameter balloon with a whimsical design featuring silhouettes of a dozen of Disney’s “flying characters” – such as Mary Poppins, Peter Pan and Dumbo. The vibrantly colored balloon can lift up to 30 guests at a time on a six-minute trip – thanks to its enclosed volume of 210,000 cubic feet of lighter-than-air gas. The ascents, by day or night, provide guests with an unparalleled, 360-degree view of up to 10 miles.

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Paradiso 37 to Open Early May at Downtown Disney’s Pleasure Island

Paradiso 37, a high-energy restaurant and bar featuring cuisine from North, South and Central America, welcomes guests to its table in May at Pleasure Island at Downtown Disney at Walt Disney World Resort.

The lakeside eatery will offer a delectable variety of menu offerings representing the 37 countries of the Americas, plus an international wine bar, 37 varieties of tequila and 10 signature frozen margaritas.

The new concept was developed by Orlando-based E-Brands Restaurant Group, a multi-concept restaurant group which currently owns and operates Timpano Chophouse, Samba Room, Taqueria Canonita, Aquaknox, David Burke, Salsa Orlando and Canonita Express in a number of locations across the United States.

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Walt Disney World Website Publishes Restaurant Menus in PDF Format

The official Walt Disney World website has begun posting PDF versions of its menus for Table Service Locations. At this time, restaurants that offer this feature include Liberty Tree Tavern, Tony’s Town Square, Shutter’s, The Wave, Spoodles, ESPN Club, Cap’n Jack’s, Le Celier, Rose and Crown, Akershus, Coral Reef, Grand Floridian Cafe, Mama Melrose, 50s Prime Time Cafe, Sci-Fi Dine-In, Olivia’s, Kona Cafe, Boatwright’s, Turf Club and Whispering Canyon Cafe.

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